U.S. stocks ended lower on Wednesday, hurt by a late-day sell-off in financial shares after an influential analyst recommended selling Wells Fargo .

Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 92.12 points, or 0.92 percent, to unofficially end at 9,949.36. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 9.66 points, or 0.89 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,081.40. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 12.74 points, or 0.59 percent, to close unofficially at 2,150.73.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Jan Paschal)