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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 user requested permission to cross the railway with a 'wagon', and the signaller, based at the Wales Railway Operations Centre, in Cardiff, granted it."
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.
Their ages varies between 13 and 18." [Barry Dock News, 5 Dec 1919] Philip Adams and Leslie Evans were almost certainly part of the group of local scouts being trained as signallers.
To allow drivers and signallers to train to use GSM-R, simulators replicating the cab radio and signalling system will be rolled out across the country later in the year.
Geraint was subjected to a vile torrent of sexual demands by the captain who had caught the young signaller on the base after "lights out" last summer.
One of the young signallers had a splinter clean through the shoulder high up, and the other was hit in the muscle of his left arm.
The dispute has been running since April and signallers were on strike on Christmas Eve.
EXTRACTS FROM THE MEMOIRS I was walking through the streets of Newcastle with my wife, when I saw one of our Headquarters' Signallers coming towards us, we met and shook hands.
The two unions had planned four days of strikes in protest at 1,500 maintenance job cuts and changes to signallers' terms and conditions.
Thousands of maintenance workers, signallers and supervisors are now planning to walk out from April 6 to 9.
The RMT said its 5,000 members working as signallers will strike between 6am and 10am and between 6pm and 10pm on April 6,7,8 and 9.