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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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MAJOR Brian Ivison, the area two representative of the Royal Signals Association appeals to former signallers living in the Coventry area to come forward and support the local branch, to prevent its closure.
Ms Abbot said the man "had undergone signaller training some time before this incident.
There were at this time eighteen signallers to a battalion, with a sergeant in charge; in the front line there were generally three signallers in each company and the remainder in Battalion Headquarters, but sometimes four were posted to a company.
Following a report into the accident at Henllan Amgoed, near Whitland, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said it occurred because the lorry driver "did not telephone the signaller for permission to cross and because local factors encouraged him to take a line towards the right of the road".
The 60-tonne lorry, made up of a tractor unit with a large ram and loading crane for crushing cars, was crossing the line with permission from the signaller in order to reach Bagillt Car Spares when the incident happened.
Sender of the Swastika was signaller James Wilson, Royal Corp of Signals, attached to the Royal Artillery, whose home was at 21 George Street.
AN ELDERLY woman was killed by a train when walking on the tracks after a "fatigued" signaller put warnings to drivers at the wrong location.
The Port Talbot signaller put signals either side of Llanharan station to red to caution trains, but these were the wrong signals to caution drivers approaching the Trenos footpath.
In its recommendations, the RAIB saidNetwork RailWales Route should "check that signaller's displays for level crossings accurately reflect changes to level crossing arrangements made since the displays were designed."
Signaller W S Cater, 20, was rejected three times before the army finally allowed him to join.
Signaller and bagpiper Hugh McKinley taught German, Italian and Japanese code-breaking to troops and was a hero of Bletchley Park, Britain's secret wartime communications-busting centre.