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Signal

To convey information through a firm's actions. The more costly it is to provide a signal, the more credibility it has. For example, to call a press conference and tell everyone that the firm's prospects have improved is less effective than saying the same thing and raising the dividend.
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Signal

An indication of a company's health and/or actions. Signaling a certain state or action may cause a company's stock to rise or fall in price. Generally speaking, the more money a signal costs a company to make, the stronger the signal is thought to be. For example, a company may make a statement indicating financial distress, but reducing its dividends is thought to be a stronger signal.
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signal

To provide information to. For example, an unexpected dividend increase may signal investors that a firm's directors are more optimistic about future profits than previously thought. Likewise, the announcement of a new equity issue may signal investors that directors consider a firm's stock to be fully valued.
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Using half-Fourier single-shot fast SE for evaluation of the urinary tract, collecting system, and ureteral stones will be detected as focal areas of signal void. Similarly, blood clots and fungus balls are also of low signal intensity.
No atrial thrombi were seen and no signal voids adjacent to the atrial septum were found to suggest the presence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO).
Caption: Figure 2: T2 weighted coronal (a) and axial (b) MRI showing 23 x 23 x 18 m lobulated mass in the right lateral ventricle and roof of the third ventricle which is isointense to grey matter and has small signal voids in keeping with calcifications.
The overlying cortex exhibits deep infoldings toward the malformation and linear signal voids due to vessels along with regions containing fluid isointense to CSF may be seen within the area of heterotopia.
Along with filling the signal voids and increasing the capacity of outdoor networks, cellular and PCS service providers require solutions that give seamless coverage to users inside buildings.
(15) One drawback of these sequences, however, as mentioned previously can be dark signal voids in fluid-filled bowel due to peristalsis, especially if spasmolytics are not used (Figure 3).

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