TORONTO — The Toronto stock market finished higher Monday as shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) continued their upward trek and a civic holiday kept markets closed south of the border.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,794.25 +68.56 +0.54%S&P 500 — ClosedDow — ClosedNasdaq — ClosedThe S&P/TSX composite index gained 68.56 points to 12,794.25 in a light trading session. The TSX Venture Exchange moved up 1.28 points to 1,236.60.The Canadian dollar was down 0.15 of a cent to 100.68 cents US, near a three-week low.U.S. stock and bond markets were closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.The information technology sector led the TSX, rising 3.3%. Pushing the sector higher were shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) which jumped another 10.8% as the BlackBerry maker heads towards the unveiling of its new smartphones on Jan. 30.Its stock was up $1.70 to $17.41 on Monday, closing at the highest level since December 2011 and about 185% above the stock’s 52-week low of $6.10 in September.The Waterloo, Ont.,-based company has benefited from recent analyst upgrades and an interview with CEO Thorsten Heins in a German newspaper, where he suggested the company could sell its hardware division and license its operating system to a third party.In commodities, benchmark oil for February delivery was off a four-month high, down nine cents to US$95.47 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.February gold bullion rose $2.70 to US$1,689.70 an ounce while copper prices were down.“If we look at commodity prices, those are going to be a better reflection, in the very short term, of the sentiment around global growth,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.Elsewhere, the board of directors at Rona Inc. is being renovated under the watchful eye of two major fund managers that have a large stake in the struggling home improvement retailer.Rona (TSX:RON) has been under fire from many investors since the Montreal-area company defeated a proposed takeover attempt by Lowe’s. Its shares gained 36 cents to $11.86.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) shares were ahead four cents to $2.44 despite news that the landing gear of an Air Canada Jazz plane fell off after it landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport on Sunday. Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart said pilots kept complete control of the plane during the incident, which saw emergency vehicles race out to the plane as a precautionary measure.Overseas, the Bank of Japan began a two-day policy meeting. The Japanese central bank has been under pressure from the country’s new government to take more aggressive steps to fight the long deflationary slump in the world’s third-largest economy. Some analysts expect the bank to expand its asset-purchasing program and set an inflation target.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Board shakeup heralds big changes to come for RonaRIM stock surges another 8% ahead of BlackBerry 10 launchDreamliner probe widens after excess battery voltage ruled outWTI crude may fall to $50 within two years: Bank of AmericaON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSEU finance ministers meet CANADA8:30 a.m.Retail sales (Nov): Economists expect no change from the month before UNITED STATES10 a.m.Existing home sales: Economists expect 1.2% rise from the month before  CORPORATE NEWSCANADACN Railway Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.39 a share Celestica Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 18¢ a share UNITED STATESGoogle Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$10.61 a share DuPont Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 7¢ a share IBM Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$5.25 a share Johnson & Johnson Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.17 a share Texas Instruments Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ a share Verizon Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 54¢ a share