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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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When those who could had recovered, the entire story had been told to the French commander; but the men were too ignorant to be able to tell him at just what point on the coast the professor and his party had been marooned, so the cruiser had steamed slowly along within sight of land, firing occasional signal guns and scanning every inch of the beach with glasses.
The signal guns of the afternoon before had not been heard by those on shore, it was presumed, because they had doubtless been in the thick of the jungle searching for Jane Porter, where the noise of their own crashing through the underbrush would have drowned the report of a far distant gun.
The scattered Indians started at the well-known cry, as coursers bound at the signal to quit the goal; and directly there arose such a yell along the plain, and through the arches of the wood, as seldom burst from human lips before.
More than two thousand raving savages broke from the forest at the signal, and threw themselves across the fatal plain with instinctive alacrity.
Another pace, and the poor lieutenant gave the signal he so hated to give.
The impatience of these bold divers cannot be described, and having an electrical communication with the corvette, they made a signal already agreed upon, and for the space of a mile the Susquehanna moved their chamber along some yards above the bottom.
The Agilent MXG analog signal generator provides accurate and repeatable reference signals for applications like LO and clock substitution, CW interferers, and modulated signals for analog communication systems such as AM, FM, and (PHI)M.
Despite the stunning clarity of an HDTV video image, more than 80 percent of all TV content is still transmitted and received using standard definition composite analog signals, while VCRs and DVD players require analog interfaces to send video and audio signals out to the TV.
Vitesse's integrated PixEQ(TM) Technology improves signal performance and reduces jitter associated with driving multi-Gigabit signals across PCBs, backplanes, and cables.
2 special signals; 4 signal groups for reactive signaling.
Los Angeles motorists will be able to turn left without dodging oncoming traffic at nearly 160 more intersections - including a fair share in the San Fernando Valley - under an $8 million program to bring traffic signals into the 21st century, officials said Wednesday.
Even before the towers fell, commanders couldn't communicate with their units because radio signals failed to penetrate the buildings' metal-and-glass pillars.