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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.

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.

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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"A signalman could have alerted people to the problem and probably solved the problem straight away.
The story, recalled by many from the BBC adaptation, was written by Andrew Davies and featuring the late Denholm Elliott as the signalman.
'Our signalman acted promptly and stopped all trains from running into the area, placing the signals on red.
Signalman Harvey took up pylon spotting last August to stop his workmates droning on about their hobby - trainspotting.
John McClure, president of Signalman Publishing stated, "The author has really done a fantastic job of researching the history of the U.S.
British Transport Police have charged the engineer from Moreton with endangering the safety of rail passengers and failing to get permission to cross from a signalman.
The senior driver raised the alarm, called a signalman and hailed a cab to follow the train.
A signalman is a safety critical position and they should not be either expected or allowed to work that many days in a row.
Incredibly, she stopped her car and ran over a 750- volt rail to warn the signalman at Birkdale, Merseyside.
Michael said: "Of course, I have a particular interest in seeing trains here because I worked as a signalman here for 27 years.
A signalman at Liverpool Street control centre spotted the danger and immediately sent a message to the driver's cab.
A railway signalman has quit his job after failing a routine drugs test.