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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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The disturbances that were observed during this research were of two types: disturbances caused by the rail magnetization, and disturbances due to absence of signaling system signals.
Furthermore, we demonstrated that cardiac expressions of IGF-1 and IGF-1R mRNA found by dot blotting were increased, suggesting that the compensatory effect of IGF-1 survival signaling also occurred in the hearts of the SHS-exposed rats.
For an ESF-format DS1 signal in an application that uses the transparent signaling option, the signaling bit display is meaningless.
Both SAS and SATA use Common-Mode signaling during initialization and as a wake-up signal when asleep.
The presentations discussed four major aspects of calcium channels that are relevant for understanding their roles in genetic and environmental neurologic disorders: the genetics and molecular biology of channel structure; interactions between calcium channels and intracellular signaling pathways; the effects of toxicants on calcium channel function, both through direct interactions with channel subunits and by altering intracellular signaling; and the genetics, molecular biology, and physiology of inherited disorders caused by mutations in the genes encoding calcium channel subunits or from autoimmune disorders caused by the generation of antibodies against subunits of those proteins.
These expander devices allowed for logical SCSI domains to be comprised of two or more physical SCSI segments, each with its own signaling capability (HVD, SE or LVD).
A second research opportunity of this position will be the characterization of mice that overexpress COX-1 or COX-2, including their carcinogenic susceptibilities and the signaling pathways altered due to COX overexpression.
Control information is transmitted either as short predefined bit sequences that are distinguishable from data, in packet format, or using out-of-band signaling (control signals sent using on/off signal pulses, similar to Morse code), and thus does not require separate transmission lines.
Figure out how that signaling works and the world will beat a pathway to your door.
The exceptional reliability, capacity and performance of ADR2 technology is possible at a low cost due to four separate tape storage innovations: buried servo signaling, multi-channel recording, true variable transfer rates and enhanced data integrity.
The three new studies have identified powerful signaling molecules that help direct where and when the heart will begin to form.